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THIS SITE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2009 by cha monforte

… As I am on vacation.

… see you soon.

… don’t worry i’m just taking a sort of break after a full year of blogging – cha monforte

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NEWS: Comval BM lawyer sends two Comvalenyos to law school as scholars

Posted in atty dexter lopoz, comval boardmember dexter lopoz, comval news, comval officials on June 4, 2009 by cha monforte
june 1
ATTY. DEXTER LOPOZ

ATTY. DEXTER LOPOZ

Compostela Valley boardmember and 2000 bar exam topnotcher Dexter Lopoz is sending two of his provincemates to study law as his own scholars beginning this semester.

“Comval needs more lawyers now who would serve and work for efficient administration of justice. Eleven years after the birth of our province, we only have one Regional Trial Court, abnormally saddled with over 3,000 cases, more than half of which is handled by only two lawyers of the Public Attorneys Office,” Atty. Lopoz explained the rationale of his own law scholarship.
“Moreover, we have only three fiscals serving seven courts in the province and one court in Tagum City, while the Dept. of Agrarian Reform’s Bureau of Legal Assistants has only one lawyer,” he added.
He said that lawyers serving these offices are heroically overworked and overstressed.
By now, his law scholars Ian Enterina, a resident of far-flung barangay Casoon in Monkayo, and Francisco Maynaban, poblacion Compostela resident, are already enrolled with the newly-established law school in Tagum- the Saint Thomas More College of Law, which commences its operations this semester.
As scholars, their matriculation and and tuition fees would be shouldered by the boardmember, with the two having only to pass all their subjects in each semester to maintain their scholarship.
Lopoz said that his two scholars are only for the start and he planned to have one to two scholars in each year of law studies as they move on in years.
The search of Lopoz law scholars had been going on two months ago and more than a dozen of applications were received from usually fresh college graduates.
Lopoz picked Enterina and Maynaban as his start-up law scholars for their good grades in college and high potentials in service orientation and community leadership. The scholar must also be a bonafide resident and registered voter in the first district of Comval.
The law scholarship of a boardmember is known ot be first in Mindanao and in the country.
Atty. Lopoz placed Top 2 in the 2000 bar examinations and remains yet unsurpassed in his record of placing the highest thus in the bar exams as a law graduate from a law school based in Mindanao. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Daneco power rates up by P1 per kwh seen in ERC-proposed rules on “wheeling rates”

Posted in BOD chair Dr. Antonio Sembumpan, Daneco Director Dean Briz, Daneco employee Priscilla Bartonico, Daneco OIC General Manager Allan Laniba, Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Daneco) with tags , , , , on June 4, 2009 by cha monforte
ERC proposal slammed by member-consumers
may 31
 
The new rules in setting “wheeling” power rates of electric cooperative as proposed by the Energy Regulatory Commission could result into overall average increases in power rates of Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Daneco) amounting to almost P1 every year per kilowatt hour for the next three years.
ERC Commissioner Jose Reyes on Saturday’s public consultation at the Daneco main office in Montevista, Compostela Valley said that the “wheeling rates” are proposed as a new regulatory framework in the setting of power rates for electric cooperatives to adjust it with the “real prices” adding that the prices of power have already been deflated through the past years.
“This is also to make electric cooperatives give better service to their member-consumers,” he said.
But Daneco member and retired Daneco employee Priscilla Bartonico during the open forum slammed the ERc proposal saying that the increase of power rates generated by the proposed rules would hit hard Daneco’s residential consumers calling it “a great burden”.
She appealed to Daneco’s Board of Directors (BOD) not to approve the ERC-proposed rules otherwise review and make new methodology to make rates’ increases affordable “based on conservative budget”.
In Daneco simulated computation on the impact of the proposed rules various power user-categories, projected to increase per year per kilowatt hour were residential by 15.50 centavos or 43-percent increase, commercial by 4.95 centavos or 23-percent increase, public building by 4.61 centavos or 21-percent increase, industrial by 12.56 centavos or 90-percent increase, while projected to decrease were street lighting by 69.21 centavos or 72-percent decrease and industrial large load by 42-percent drop.
Offset against among each other, the simulation generated a net and overall average of 86.3 centavos or 31-percent increase.  
Even some members of Daneco BOD were not happy of the ERC proposal.
Daneco Director Dean Briz also questioned the proposed rules citing the detrimental implications of increased power rates to the member-consumers.
He said that they only got hold a copy of the endorsement of the rules as sent Daneco OIC General Manager Allan Laniba.
But Reyes said that the the ERC also based its proposal from the figures given by the Daneco management as basis in the formulation of the draft of the rules on “wheeling rates”.
He said though that the rules would still be subject to the approval of Daneco’s annual general assembly this coming August 30.
He added that it is “not the rates but the rules” being sought for approval by electric cooperatives nationwide.
With the wheeling rates, which would adjust power rates either increase or decrease based on the formula in the methodololgy, electric cooperatives could save from the costly process of public hearings and follows ups in Manila, the ERC commissioner said. 
In the ERC timetable, the rules’ effectivity would be September 26, 2009 or 15 days after its publication.
BOD chair Dr. Antonio Sembumpan also squelched start-up howl of protestation of attending members saying the board would thoroughly review the proposed rules before it would be submitted to the general assembly.
Meanwhile, Laniba in an interview said that the draft rules would cause a 200-percent decrease or a significant P2 drop per kilowatt hour in the power rates for street lighting.
He added that the it would also give opportunity for Daneco to recover the real property taxes levied by local government units to Daneco’s power lines and facilities.       
Moreover,  Reyes bared that there was still ERC’s provisional approval in the the last increase of power rates charged by power generator where he said Mindanao got lowest increase of power rates compared to Visayas which had about 83 centavos increase per kilowatt hour.   (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Cheers in LFS Law office blessing

Posted in Atty Arvin Dexter M. Lopoz, Atty. Cheryl S. Sevilleno, Atty. John-Christopher T. Mahamud, Atty. Marie Jude Fuentes-Lopoz, Rev. Fr. Rudy Malasmas with tags , , , , , on June 4, 2009 by cha monforte
The LFS Law foursome (from left) Atty Arvin Dexter M. Lopoz, managing partner, Atty. Marie Jude Fuentes-Lopoz, supervising partner, Atty. Cheryl S. Sevilleno, senior partner and Atty. John-Christopher T. Mahamud, junior partner.

The LFS Law foursome (from left) Atty Arvin Dexter M. Lopoz, managing partner, Atty. Marie Jude Fuentes-Lopoz, supervising partner, Atty. Cheryl S. Sevilleno, senior partner and Atty. John-Christopher T. Mahamud, junior partner.

may 29
Monday last week, 25th of May, was a blessful day for the foursome- Atty Arvin Dexter M. Lopoz and his better half Atty. Marie Jude Fuentes-Lopoz, and law partners Atty. Cheryl S. Sevilleno and Atty. John-Christopher T. Mahamud. No less than Rev. Fr. Rudy Malasmas, S.J., former headmaster of Ateneo de Davao University blessed with holy water the sparkling new office of LFS (Lopoz Fuentes Sevillano) Law firm at Unit 31, 3rd Floor of Cocolife (UCPB) Building at corner CM Recto-Palma Gil Streets. They first held office at a building along McArthur Highway for over three years, and by April it was time to go as they did decide to locate within the city’s known hub in cognizance to the fruits of their collective labor.
The LFS Law office bursts with blurring glass-encased partitions, exuding positive energy and happy glow. Thus, when their family members, friends in the legal circle and other neighbor tenants of the building came for the day to celebrate, there was open cheer being shared in the room. Among the well-wishers were RTC Branch 15 Judge Ridgway Tanjili and his brother Ely Tanjili, assistant branch manager of RCBC-Davao City, and Atty. Ricky Diola of the ACCRA Law. Inspired Atty. Dex, boardmember of Compostela Valley (District 1), could only call for a toast and wish for more good luck in their new office.